An Urban Fantasy Novel That Shows Cities In A Way You've Never Seen

The urban fantasy genre isn't just set in cities — it's one of the main places that genre fiction engages with our urbanized existence, picking up the baton dropped by cyberpunk. But you don't often see cities depicted the way Daniel José Older does in his new novel Half-Resurrection Blues. » 1/16/15 4:02pm 1/16/15 4:02pm

"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm 11/25/14 1:00pm

io9 Newsstand: Best Stories of the Week for October 1 - 5

New month, new issues! And not just your regular set of new issues, but new special issues. Remember the special Women Destroy Science Fiction issue of Lightspeed Magazine from earlier this year? Now women are destroying horror and fantasy (run!). » 10/03/14 10:47am 10/03/14 10:47am

Tons More Mira Grant Coming Our Way!

Seanan McGuire's slightly more steel-plated alter-ego, Mira Grant, is keeping busy. In addition to the third book in the Parasitology trilogy that began with Parasite, Grant just sold Orbit a new standalone. And four novellas plus a new novel in the universe of her Feed/Deadline novels. » 5/29/14 4:46pm 5/29/14 4:46pm

The New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books That You Can't Afford To Miss

The best days of science fiction and fantasy books aren't in the past — they're still arriving. Every month, new books come out that pack a hell of a whallop. Just check out our list of the 23 new books that you absolutely must not miss in May. » 5/14/14 5:20pm 5/14/14 5:20pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in January

You won't survive this coming month without some great stories to carry you through. Luckily, January is just chock full of amazing reads, including fantasy epics, space adventures and near-future weirdness. Here are all January's most essential science fiction and fantasy books! » 1/02/14 12:39pm 1/02/14 12:39pm

The Queer Comics Anthology We've Been Waiting For!

LGBT characters have made great strides in comics lately — we even had a same-sex wedding in the X-Men — but it's about time there were more stories focusing on queer protagoninsts. Enter Beyond, a brand new anthology of comics about LBGT heroes who save the day. With an amazing set of contributors... possibly… » 10/08/13 11:19am 10/08/13 11:19am

RIP Ann Crispin, Who Fought for the Writers

You owe A.C. Crispin a huge debt, whether you know it or not. As an author, she helped carve a space for women writing science fiction. She helped prove media tie-in novels could be great books in their own right. And she fought for writers to get treated fairly, with the indispensible site Writer Beware. » 9/06/13 11:52am 9/06/13 11:52am

Sequence an award-winning science fiction writer's genome, while Neil…

Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly… » 1/10/13 12:24pm 1/10/13 12:24pm

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to… » 1/02/13 10:20am 1/02/13 10:20am

Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Still Encouraged to Use Male…

You might think that male or gender-ambiguous pseudonyms for authors of science fiction and fantasy was a thing of the past — a relic of the era when authors like James Tiptree, Jr. hid their gender from sexist readers. But not really. The Wall Street Journal has a depressing article explaining how widespread the… » 12/10/12 11:45am 12/10/12 11:45am

Seanan McGuire Branching Out into Medical Thrillers About Parasites…

She's tackled urban fantasy with the October Daye novels and zombies with the Newsflesh books, and cryptozoologists with the Incryptid books. And now Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, is moving into the medical thriller genre. The good news is, it sounds like she's got a really fresh spin on the "medical science gone… » 4/05/12 4:30pm 4/05/12 4:30pm

Seanan McGuire's Next Series: Crypto-zoologists of the Secret Monster…

Campbell Award-winning author Seanan McGuire has been busy. She's just sold the sixth and seventh October Daye novels, and as Mira Grant, she's written the Hugo-nominated zombie novel Feed (which we're currently discussing in the io9 book club) and sequels. » 6/03/11 3:20pm 6/03/11 3:20pm

First look at the zombie-riffic sequel to Mira Grant's Feed

Mira Grant, the alter ego of Seanan McGuire, had a fresh take on the role of blogging and communications after the zombie apocalypse, in Feed. Now check out your first look at the cover of the second book, Deadline. » 11/22/10 12:01pm 11/22/10 12:01pm

The best science fiction and fantasy books for summer escapism

Summer is the most escapist time of year, with vacations and long voyages. And no escapist jaunt is complete without a visit to other worlds. Here are the best science fiction and fantasy books for this summer's beach reading. » 7/08/10 4:00pm 7/08/10 4:00pm

Fairies With Guns Stalk A Dark San Francisco

"Someday I'll figure out why everything in Faerie seems to end up in San Francisco," the narrator muses in Rosemary And Rue, Seanan McGuire's debut novel. Whatever the reason, the city throngs with fae... and some of them turn deadly. » 9/28/09 4:00pm 9/28/09 4:00pm

Bloggers Save The World From A Zombie Uprising

When the living dead rise up and start consuming the rest of us, the mainstream media totally misses the story — but the bloggers don't, in Seanan McGuire's Feed. Her zombies-and-blogger-drama trilogy just sold to Orbit Books in an auction. » 7/01/09 10:00am 7/01/09 10:00am